February 25, 2010 By lisa
- Get all three children dressed and fed
- Toddler reaches up to kitchen table and pulls down a full glass of water onto himself and the floor
- Pre-school gets bitten by a spider and it swells up
- Kindergartner mouthy and sassy and pouty and whiney
- Stressed out and overwhelmed and tired by all that needs to be done
- Laundry, kitchen, toys picked up, mail sorted
- Pre-schooler’s birthday planned for tomorrow
- Pre-schooler’s family party for Saturday
- Need to buy present for him AND for a party my daughter is going to
- Set up “chore store” so that I can get my kids on board with doing chores and earning prizes
- worrying about fundraising, fundraising, fundraising for Team in Training
- must exercise/run this morning
- drop off each child in three different places
- run to Walmart to drop off donation letter request, pick up a few things
- run to Target for birthday presents (didn’t have at Walmart)
- scarf down breakfast and coffee
That was just this morning. Have I mentioned that my husband has a work schedule that does not allow him to be around much? I won’t go into specifics because ya’ll don’t need to know all the details, but suffice it to say that I do a lot of the “raising of the kids and taking care of the kids” by myself during the week.
Add a big ole heaping mess of “OMG, there is so much going on at Shrinking Jeans” and yes, I was feeling craptastic this morning. My husband and Christy got to bear the brunt of my venting.
Then, I went for my run.
My mind was completely free of “all the things I need to do”, the to-do lists put to the side for 39:38 minutes (3.53 miles).
That was the BEST 39:38 minutes of my life.
Now, I feel refreshed and like I can do anything. The chores are still there to be done, the party still needs to be planned, the kids still need taken care of, my house still looks like a bomb went off in it, but folks, I did something for me- something that I enjoy and that frees me from my overcluttered, overwhelmed, overstressed mind.
And that, THAT is why I will keep running, even after the half marathon is over and done with.